I saw this book referenced in a recent blog post as I skipped around from tidbit to tidbit, and was fascinated by a quote from the book that essentially said that it was ridiculous to do something one way just because it has always been done that way. Something about that idea struck a chord with me, so I hopped online and downloaded the book.
Whoa! I want to work with these people at 37Signals. They seem to be my kind of people and their ideas ring true to my approach. The funny thing – maybe the dangerous thing, too — is it gives me a dab of encouragement with my business-maverick ways that will absolutely drive my business partner (with an MBA) crazy. I’m sort of like Kunu in the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall – do less.
Now, don’t go getting that confused with lazy, because it’s not. It’s about using time and resources as efficiently and creatively as possible, and not getting stuck on the stuff that mostly doesn’t mean anything in the first place.
Partner: Business plan?
(See “Planning is guessing” — “Decide what to do this week, not this year. Figure out the most important thing and do that.”)
Partner: Mission statement?
(See “Live It or Leave It!” — “Standing for something isn’t just about writing it down. It’s about believing it and living it.”)
Partner: Then set a goal for the number of contract you need to have before you start out.
Me: Meh. I’ll do what I do.
Without being arrogant, I have been pretty successful in most of the things I’ve done. I have the most reliable, dependable, dedicated, organized, hard-working employee anyone could ask for: me. That’s all I need.
“Don’t let yourself off the hook with excuses. It’s entirely your responsibility to make your dreams come true.”
Now all of this doesn’t mean I’m throwing caution to the wind. I’m a mom, a wife, a student, a teacher — I take care of a lot of people. I would never chance their futures, safety, or trust in me. That is why this very serious line in Rework jumped out in a true, but snarky, presentation of ideas:
A business without a path to profit isn’t a business, it’s a hobby.
So, to recap for my MBA, business plan-loving readers: I’m not using a business plan, but that does not mean I’m not following a path to profit. Is that a good enough compromise?
At this point, I am half way through this great book, and halfway on my way to starting (restarting) my own business. And I’m okay with that on both counts.I will continue reading and receiving validation from Rework (and add another post because this book is worthy of it), and plug along on this adventure. I’m not worried about getting it all right the first time right now. Why?
I’m better off with a “kick-ass half, than a half-assed whole”
I’ll talk to you later. I’ve got some ass kicking to do.